Back in 1970 there was a popular Clint Eastwood film about a group of U.S. soldiers in world War II that sneaks behind enemy lines to steal a secret Nazi stash of 14,000 gold bars stored in a bank vault. The original soundtrack of Kelly's Heroes spawned a hit record by the Mike Curb Congregation titled Burning Bridges.
So what's my point? Well...In my adult life I have known many people who get angry with employers and storm out in a huff, leaving no options for a return. They burned that bridge behind them. I have watched as the flames nipped at their heals all the way out the door. That's one thing I have never done. Oh, OK maybe once. But, I have always been very careful knowing that someone I worked for could be in a different situation or with a different company in the future and that he or she could be the one person that either gets me the job or prevents me from getting it. So I am very careful not to set the bridge behind me on fire as I leave. I know there are quite a few now that say it's OK to cut ties and burn bridges because people today often change jobs 20-30 times in their lifetime. But, I still think that it's not a “ A Bridge Too Far” (another 1970s WWII Nazi war movie) and you might just need to cross it some day.
I had one employer, a radio station, that I ended up working for on three different occasions. Had I burned the bridge, that would not have happened. More recently I found myself without a job after working for an organization for nearly eleven years. They decided they needed to take a different direction and my department was eliminated. So, I quietly walked away amicably and decided to focus all of my time on my voiceover business. A year and a half later, I was approached by this same organization to do some voice work. Now, if I play my cards right (pun intended), they could be a repeat customer. So, you never know.
If you're old enough, you (or your grandparents) might remember Jack Scott's tale about Burning Bridges from 1960.